Losing Nana


Wow. I can’t believe it’s been a week since I’ve posted. It’s been a whirlwind in our house and, since last Wednesday, I think I spent a total of 5 minutes on the computer.

Last Tuesday, just before 7 a.m., we got the call that Joe’s grandma, Nana, wasn’t able to get much oxygen and that this likely was it. We rushed to the hospital in Atlanta – rush being a figure of speech here since it was morning rush hour – and hoped to make it on time. She was hanging on when we got there, and Joe’s entire family spent the day with her at the hospital. She couldn’t talk to us, but I think she enjoyed just having us there and hearing us talking.

I left around lunch time to take Lucy to a friend’s house because we honestly had no idea how long we’d be there. When I got back to the hospital, Nana had just passed away. I felt awful that I hadn’t been there but, in retrospect, I think it was nice for just the four people in Joe’s family to be there (our brother-in-law had left to pick up their kids, too).

And, when did Nana die? You guessed it – right before evening rush hour. She timed the whole day perfectly, and she would have thought that was hilarious. Seriously. She had the best sense of humor. Wednesday was spent packing and getting everything ready to go here, and we headed out of town Thursday morning for South Carolina, where we laid Nana to rest on Friday. It was a busy trip that ran the gamut in terms of emotion. We were incredibly sad for the reason we were there, but we also had fun seeing the rest of Joe’s family and doing things like going to the zoo.

It’s still hard to remember she’s gone – I keep catching myself asking Joe if his mom had visited Nana and how she was doing. Nana was just like my own grandmother. I loved her and will miss her very much.

trip to nana's-peach picking


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Hi! I’m a wife to a wonderful husband, mom to a beautiful and active (to put it lightly) kiddo, and fur-mom to 3 crazy cats. I’m a former journalist. I quit my full time job two years ago. Now, I am a freelance writer and a virtual assistant for several bloggers!


  1. Samantha says:

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your grandmother. Your family will be in my prayers.

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